Marking Milestones: The Ford Police Interceptor Model

Becoming the most popular model for police in the US in 2014, the Ford Police Interceptor model recently reached a production milestone. In fact, more than 100,000 of the Interceptors have been made by the Troy Design and Manufacturing Company in Michigan since the vehicle’s inception in 2012.

According to Ford, the TDM Company makes about 600 to 1200 of the vehicles per week, with more than 125 packages for police departments to choose from. As of 2014, the Interceptor took over the market with more than 50% of police vehicle purchases being the Ford model. The model is incredibly popular for its rigid durability and high-performance capabilities.

“This is a big accomplishment not just for TDM but for everybody,” said Marcelo Esperza a worker at TDM. “We’ve been working so hard trying to get all these units complete. To get to 100,000, we’re very proud. It helps a lot to have the top-selling police vehicle. I’m just glad I’m part of it.”

The Ford Police Interceptor model is easily customizable and incredibly reliable, making it the ideal car for our men and women in blue. Whether they’re chasing down criminals or responding to an emergency, they can count on the Interceptor.

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Lincoln is Driven to Give to AJLI and the just keep living Foundation

The Lincoln Motor Company is expanding its Driven to Give program to include The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) and Matthew McConaughey’s just keep living Foundation.

The automaker will donate $25 for each test drive conducted at two of AJLI’s conferences this year, split between the association itself and the local Junior League. The first conference has already occurred at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA during April 16-18. The second will take place Sept. 17-19 in New Orleans during a fall leadership conference.

In addition, Lincoln will donate $20 to Matthew McConaughey’s just keep living Foundation for every test drive taken in the new 2016 MKX crossover at dealerships nationwide, including Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford. If the test-driver so chooses, of course.

Since 2011, Lincoln has donated more than $4 million to schools and charities through its Driven to Give program. We’re proud to be a part of it!

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How to Check Car Belts and Hoses

As we head into summer and begin preparing for those family road trips, it’s important to check a number of your car’s functions, not the least of which are the belts and hoses. The belts and hoses are central to your car’s ability to run, and to do so efficiently.

“You don’t want to be stranded because of a bad belt that could have been diagnosed with simple preventative maintenance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If the serpentine belt fails or breaks, the engine will fail to run and you may be stuck. The Car Care Council recommends replacing belts at specified intervals to save you from the hassle of a breakdown.”

Here’s how to check car belts and hoses:

Check the manual. Your manual will tell you how often belts and hoses need to be replaced (if at all). This will give you a good idea what to expect when you look under the hood. It will also provide insight into where specific belts and hoses are located for your vehicle.

Look for obvious damage. Make sure your engine is cool before getting started, then look for frays, tears, wear, cracks, nicks, or bulges. Anything abnormal should be looked at by a skilled technician.

Check connection points. Make sure that the connections look clean and show no signs of fraying.

Check for signs of glazing on belts. Belts can begin to glaze on the sides, which can lead to the belt slipping.

If you find that you have hoses or belts that need to be replaced, we recommend stopping by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible!

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2015 KBB Brand Image Awards Recognize Ford

The 2015 KBB Brand Image Awards are in, and Ford has been recognized with the title of Best Overall Truck Brand! This isn’t the first time, either. In fact, this marks the 2nd time in a row and sixth time in seven years that Ford has received the honor. What makes the award even more special is the fact that the Brand Image Awards are based on customers’ and shoppers’ opinions of brands and their models.

People love the F-Series, and this latest recognition from KBB proves it. The all-new 2015 F-150 has been one of the lineup’s most praised models throughout the last year, and it’s definitely no stranger to the spotlight. In addition to this latest award, the 2015 F-150 has received 9 Truck/Utility of the Year awards, as well as numerous “Best Truck,” “Most Innovative” and “Best Performance” awards.

There’s a lot to love about Ford trucks, plain and simple. If you’re interested in experiencing America’s best-selling truck for yourself, come visit us at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today!

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Lincoln Returning Presidential Vehicle to Lineup

It used to serve presidents, until the name fell out of favor as European luxury cars pushed their way into the American market. Now, it’s back. Lincoln is resurrecting the former presidential vehicle. The Lincoln Continental will go on sale in 2016.

Since it last rolled off the lines in 2002, the Continental has been storied. While Lincoln tried to compete with foreign automakers, the American aspect vanished from the car. Now, CEO Mark Fields is leading the revival.

“When we get a chance to work on an iconic nameplate like that, it’s a mixture of pride and a mixture of fear, because when you put that name out there, it’s got to deliver,” Fields told The Associated Press.

Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, who added it to the lineup in 1938, first inspired the Lincoln Continental. Sales gradually rose until 1990, where they peaked at 62,732 units. After that, sales slipped and Lincoln fell out of the luxury market. Now, with Fields behind the wheel, Lincoln is pushing its way back up from premium to luxury. Hopes are set high in China, where full-size sedans are growing in popularity.

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New Lincoln MKX is a True Luxury SUV

It’s easy for a lot of crossovers and SUVs out there to stick a few shiny surfaces and finishes on their exterior and interiors and claim to be “luxury” vehicles. Not all that glitters is gold, though, as we know. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, though, we’ve got the real deal. The new Lincoln MKX might be built on the same platform as the Ford Edge, but it takes everything to a whole new level.

The Lincoln MKX is a beautiful crossover, with a uniquely Lincoln design look. Fortunately, the package is as excellent and luxurious as the wrapping indicates. It features perks like a Revel audio unit with 13 speakers in Select and Reserve trim levels—that number shoots up to 19 in the Black Label trim—the MyLincoln Mobile app, leather upholstery with 22-way power-adjustable front seats, and much more.

It’s not just a mobile hotel room, though—it’s got quite a powertrain under the hood as well. You can get a V6 engine with over 300 horsepower or even a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine option with up to 330 horsepower. The new version of the MKX will hit dealerships this fall, but come in and see us here at Shults to learn more about the MKX and the rest of the upgraded, truly luxurious Lincoln lineup today.

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Lincoln Navigator Is a Best Bet

Together, The Center for Auto Safety and The Car Book have said that the Lincoln Navigator is a Best Bet. The award is only given to vehicles with superior crash test ratings, and the Navigator is the only large premium utility vehicle to earn this recognition.

The award is based on nine vehicle categories, including, crash tests, safety features, rollover, preventative maintenance, repair costs, warranty, fuel economy, complaints, and insurance.

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this year.

In addition to its excellent safety standards, the Navigator offers an interior with premium features including better second-row head room and leg room than the Cadillac Escalade. Also, when properly equipped, it has a best-in-class towing capability of 9,000 pounds.

The 2015 Navigator is also the most powerful and most efficient Navigator ever. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 380 horsepower along with best-in-class fuel economy of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined.

If you’re looking for a luxurious large SUV that will give you the best in safety and features, come check out the 2015 Lincoln Navigator available now at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Ford F-150 Production on Track to Make 700,000 Vehicles

Ford has never been an auto company to shy away from lofty goals. Their latest ambition? To sell 700,000 Ford F-150 models—a goal that they’re already well on their way to achieving, thanks to the enormous popularity of the model.

There are two different assembly plants working on F-150’s, one in Dearborn, Michigan, and another in Kansas City, Missouri. Between the two, Ford will likely be able to build the 700,000 units in just a single year.

New technology in the Dearborn and Kansas City plans should make the Ford F-150 production smoother, faster, and generally more efficient than ever, including a new paint shop that detects dirt and a fleet of 500 robots to join panels and handle other small tasks.

The automaker reportedly sold 470,000 F-150’s in 2014, without even counting the other members of the F-Series (like the F-250 and F-350), which bring their 2014 F-Series sales easily over one million. It’s no wonder they’re trying to speed up production to meet this incredible demand.

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MyLincoln Mobile Now Integrates Seamlessly With Now Cards

Let’s say you have planned to go somewhere—the mall, coffee shop, a friend’s house, whatever. It’s something you have been looking forward to for a very long time. You trudge through the snow out to Lincoln MKC only to realize that you forgot to remotely start your car! Now you’ve got to scrape all of the ice of your windshield, making you late and putting you in a foul mood for the rest of the evening.

Not anymore. Not if you own a Lincoln automobile and an Android smartphone. That’s because the Lincoln Motor Company is “the first automotive brand to launch an available seamless integration with Now cards in the Google app,” according to a press release from the automaker. This is achieved by the way of the free MyLincoln Mobile app.

If you’re wondering what Now cards are, Google says that they are are “short snippets of useful information” that appear “when you’re most likely to need them” and when “they’re relevant, based on things like the time and your location.”

Now, if you’ve scheduled your outing in your Google calendar, your Lincoln automobile will be nice and warm.

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2015 Mustang Achieves Five-Star Rating for Overall Vehicle Safety

We love great-looking cars, no doubt about it. However, good looks don’t mean much if the car isn’t safe enough to drive. Thankfully, the all-new 2015 Mustang is head-turning for both its design and its recent safety awards. The pony car has achieved a five-star rating for overall vehicle safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

A five-star rating is the highest awarded by the organization.

“The new Mustang was built from the ground up,” said Carl Widmann, chief engineer for the Mustang. “It is more refined, more powerful and it has everything people have come to love about Mustang for the past 50 years.”

The iconic car received five stars in each crash test—front, side, and rollover.

The available rearview camera and lane departure warning technologies are also recommended for the vehicle.

Stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today for more information on the vehicle that so seamlessly combines stunning design with trustworthy safety.

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